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One Person’s Story

M. B.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 26, 2010
Location of Killing: Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. M. B., along with three others, was published on the websites of Yazd Provincial Courthouse on May 30, Afghanistan Information Network and the English website of Ariana on May 29, 2010. According to Ariana, these four defendants were Afghans; however, there is no mention of their nationality on the website of Yazd Provincial Courthouse.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Yazd.


The charges against the defendant were announced as "participation in transportation and possession of narcotics."

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

According to the website of Yazd Provincial Courthouse, the evidence presented against the defendant and two others was “possession of 67 kilograms of crack [cocaine], 120 kilograms of hashish, 36 kilograms of opium, and 7 kilograms of heroin.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence. According to Afghanistan Information Network, quoting Abdolraman, the father of one of the defendants, his son had gone to Iran for work two years earlier. He was neither an addict nor a drug dealer. Iranian police arrested and executed him without any proof.


The court condemned Mr. M. B. to death and confiscation of his belongings, except for his family’s cost of living. The ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. The request for reduction of punishment was denied by the Pardon Commission of the judiciary and he was hanged in the central prison of Yazd on May 26, 2010. According to the Ariana website, the bodies of this defendant and the three other Afghans were given to Afghan officials at the border.

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